by (AUCTION CATALOGUE: CRASSIER, Guillaume Paschal, Baron de).
Engraved coat-of-arms on title. xvi, 456 pp. 8vo, modern half-cloth & marbled boards (preliminary leaves with some waterstaining, becoming less noticeable in the next 50 leaves). Liege: E. Kints, 1754. Baron Crassier (1662-1751), was one of the great collectors in Belgium of the first half of the 18th century, forming an important library as well as a notable collection of gems and coins. He served as "conseiller de la chambre des comptes et du Prince-Evêque." His library, formed over a seventy year period, was rich in early printed books and early manuscripts. For many years, it had been thought lot 10 was a Gutenberg Bible (see Roland Folter, "The Gutenberg Bible in the Antiquarian Book Trade," in Incunabula. Studies in Fifteenth-Century Printed Books presented to Lotte Hellinga, p. 276). However, Dr. Paul Needham has demonstrated it is, in fact, Eggestein's third Vulgate, 1470 (Goff B-533). A good copy of an uncommon and important sale catalogue. The sale started on 22 May 1755; 3550 lots. ❧ N.B.G., Vol. 12, col. 355. With thanks to Dr. Eric White for relating Dr. Needham's discovery. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5290)
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